The Importance of Setting Intentions in Your Recovery

An intention is, quite simply, setting your thoughts on a specific goal or outcome. This is not a new discovery and most certainly not a fad. All of the great thinkers and influencers throughout history have made references to it and even spoken of it quite succinctly as Buddha, who lived centuries ago, go here illustrates:

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha.

In recovery, seeing yourself happy, engaged in life-affirming activities, and successful on your unique path will absolutely make a difference as you chart your new course.

The first step is getting clear on your intention. What do you want to achieve? You can start with something simple or something complex. It is up to you. But, remain flexible. Know that as you set intentions for a “better you” things may show up in life that are even better than what you have imagined!

Now remember, you will not simply think something into existence. You must take action too. A great starting point is to journal what you hope to create or to create a “vision board.” This will help you get clear on your goals or quest. A “vision board” can be made with virtually any size poster board. Spend an afternoon or evening by yourself imagining what you want your future to hold. You can write statements on your board and combine them with photos or images from magazines or even draw what you envision. Your vision board can then become a reference and a daily reminder of where you are headed.

Seeing yourself having accomplished your goal or outcome, and feeling the reward that comes from having done so, makes your intention setting even more powerful. This is one of the keys to successful outcomes. Use your imagination not only to see yourself succeeding but to feel yourself succeeding. Plug into feelings of gratitude and appreciation. They are powerful forces that reduce stress and anxiety and have a wide range of health benefits.

The more you practice setting an intention, the more natural it will become. People set intentions for many, many things in life. Some for career goals, some for health goals, some for relationship goals, the list is endless. Everyone is unique and has their own vision of what is important to them and what they hope to achieve. Once you get clear on what you want, you can take the first steps in achieving it. Set time aside to contemplate what that is for you. Create a vision board to help crystallize it. Take the first steps to accomplish it and commit yourself every day to evolving and becoming the “you” you envision!

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